Congratulations to this year's winners!


Olivia Fantini ("At the Airport") grew up in Massachusetts and spent six years working in public schools as an English Language Development teacher. She is currently an MFA candidate in fiction at the University of Minnesota where she was awarded the Gesell Fellowship. Her short story “Experimental Trials” received third place in the 2021 Marguerite McGlinn Prize for Fiction from Philadelphia Stories, and her fiction has also appeared in TriQuarterly. She is currently at work on a novel and a memoir.

Mengyin Lin ("Magic, or Something Less Assuring") is a writer of fiction and screenplays and a translator. She holds a BFA in Film from NYU Tisch School of the Arts and is currently a MFA candidate in Fiction at Brooklyn College. Born and raised in Beijing, China, Mengyin’s first language is Mandarin Chinese, which she favors in speech; English is her second language, in which she writes. She is also a certified yoga teacher and an amateur pianist (as long as no one is listening). She goes by “M" among her friends and lives in New York with her partner and two furry children.


Aekta Khubchandani is a writer from Bombay. She is the founder of Poetry Plant Project, where she conducts month-long poetry workshops. She is matriculating her dual MFA in Poetry & Nonfiction from The New School, where she is the Readings and Community Development Assistant. Her poems are long listed for Toto Awards by TFA for the third time. Her fiction, “Love in Bengali Dialect,” that won the Pigeon Pages Fiction contest, has been nominated for Best American Short Fiction. Besides her work is nominated for Best of Net (Poetry) 2021 by Nurture Literary, Best Microfiction by Passages North, and Favorite Online Articles and Essays by Entropy. er film, “New Normal” whose script she has written, won the Best Microfilm award at Indie Short Fest by Los Angeles International Film Festival. She has works published in Speculative Nonfiction, Tupelo Quarterly, and elsewhere. She’s working on two hybrid books that smudge prose and poetry.

Sabine Holzman studies German at UMass Amherst.

The winners receive:

  • Publication in the fall/winter 2021 Breakout issue of Epiphany
  • A $1000 cash prize each
  • A year-long mentorship, including an additional short manuscript review, with Epiphany's editor-in-chief Rachel Lyon
  • A one-year membership with the Authors Guild
  • A one-year subscription to Epiphany

Epiphany is a semiannual literary journal and independent nonprofit 501(c)(3) that supports practicing writers at every stage of their careers. During open reading periods Epiphany considers every submission seriously. They also publish online essays, fiction, and poetry on a rolling basis. For 18+ years they have published work that transcends convention and demonstrates literary mastery. The name derives from the Joycean idea that an epiphany is the moment when “the soul of the commonest object… seems to us radiant.” Like the semicolon in their logo, an epiphany is a pause in time followed by a shift in thinking.

The Authors Guild Foundation is the charitable and educational arm of the Authors Guild. It educates, supports, and protects American writers to ensure that a rich, diverse body of literature can flourish. It does this by advocating for authors’ rights, educating authors across the country in the business of writing, and promoting an understanding of the value of writers.